James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY

The Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health exists to advance historical understanding of biomedical research within the NIH and the world. Through preserving records of significant NIH achievements, innovative exhibits, and educational programs, the Office of NIH History explores the past to enhance present understanding of the health sciences and the National Institutes of Health.



Thressa StadtmanThe Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum is saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Thressa “Terry” Stadtman.  She and her husband Dr. Earl Stadtman were great supporters of NIH history, and made plenty of that history themselves.

Dr. Thressa Stadtman, who was 96 when she died and had worked at NIH for 59 years, had been the chief of the Section on Intermediary Metabolism and Bioenergetics in the NHLBI Laboratory of Biochemistry.  She made seminal discoveries on the role of vitamin B12 and the physiological functions of selenium and selenocysteine, the latter an amino acid she discovered.  She and her husband were known for mentoring a generation of scientists, and their achievements are the focus of an NIH Stetten Museum physical and virtual exhibit titled, “The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH,” which can viewed at https://history.nih.gov/exhibits/stadtman/index.htm.

For more information about her life and work, you can read her oral history at http://go.usa.gov/x8d92 and view images at the Office of NIH History Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyatnih/




Exhibition Celebrates the Origins of Modern Neurobiology

The NIH honors Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, with an exhibit of his original neural cell illustrations. In December, seven new original Cajal drawings were mounted with 3-D prints illuminating details for display. The exhibit opened November 6, 2014, in the new Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building 35 on the NIH Bethesda campus. The exhibit opening can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QIDUKHXqtg4

Cajal exhibit

The Santiago Ramón y Cajal exhibit is located in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center atrium


Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Oswald Castro
Interview date: November 29, 2001

William Chin
Interview date: October 13, 2005

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in on our Flickr site and in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


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Last updated: 19 January 2017
First published: 2 February 2005
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